Fifteensquared

Never knowingly undersolved.

Archive for January 17th, 2008

Inquisitor 54 – Seasonal Show by Loda

Posted by duncanshiell on 17th January 2008

duncanshiell.

The clues for this Seasonal Show were presented in three blocks:

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Inquisitor | 3 Comments »

Guardian 24287/Orlando

Posted by linxit on 17th January 2008

linxit.

Sorry this is so late – I wrote it up at lunchtime but the site’s been down for most of the afternoon with an “Unable to connect to database” error.

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Guardian | 2 Comments »

Independent 6631 by Monk

Posted by nmsindy on 17th January 2008

nmsindy.

Looking at the grid before I started saw checking was low in some cases eg 2 in 5-letter words, 3 in 7-letters words so I suspected a theme.   Having solved it however, I cannot see one apart from the 4 symmetrically placed (2,3,4) entries, all having THE as the second word.   Difficult, but you expect that with Monk, and some excellent clues as usual – solving time  52 mins.

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Independent | 4 Comments »

Independent on Sunday 935 by Quixote (13/01/2008)

Posted by nmsindy on 17th January 2008

nmsindy.

I found this one very straightforward. Solving time, 12 mins
Some notes on clues below – happy to explain others if asked.

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Independent | No Comments »

Financial Times 12,657 by Mudd

Posted by Pete Maclean on 17th January 2008

Pete Maclean.

I had some trouble finishing this one. One reason was that I was unfamiliar with the expression “to wet the baby’s head”. It stems, I understand, from baptism but has come to mean imbibing much alchohol in celebration of a birth! Then there were just several clues that I found difficult: 14A, 1D, 15D and 17D.

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in FT | 3 Comments »

FT 12,666/Cinephile – Number of the Beast

Posted by smiffy on 17th January 2008

smiffy.

Quite an esoteric theme for this one, although it is readily flagged and accessible thanks to the preamble, “The beasts are 8″ (i.e. 8D). I thought it strange that the creatures in question were referred to as “beasts” but have just noticed, on starting this entry that it’s a play on today’s puzzle number (xy,666). I shall be looking to litter my conversations tomorrow with the answer to 13A, as my newly-acquired “phrase of the week”.

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in FT | 2 Comments »